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Twitterers’ sentiments towards the COVID-19 responses of the FIA, UEFA and IOC (2020)

factsheet 2020/6

The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) decided that the Dutch, Spanish, and Monaco grand prix will be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. FIA is not the only international association that is faced with making tough decisions to ensure the health and safety of sport participants, staff and fans. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) announced the postponement of EURO 2020 and put all UEFA competitions on hold until further notice.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), in contrast, remains committed to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. In a communiqué, the IOC declared that with more than four months to go before the start of the Olympic Games there is no need for any drastic decisions at this stage. Consequently, the IOC encourages all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 as best they can, despite the fluid nature of the COVID-19 virus globally.

In this unprecedented pandemic situation, the three associations show different crisis responses. On Twitter, people from all around the world have responded to the decisions of the associations. So, what is the general sentiment among Twitterers about the crisis responses of UEFA, FIA and the IOC?

Literatuurverwijzing: Stevens, V., & Prins, R.G. (2020). Twitterers’ sentiments towards the COVID-19 responses of the FIA, UEFA and IOC: factsheet 2020/6. Utrecht: Mulier Instituut.